Signal jamming may be a peaceful way to resolve drone incidents.
Heathrow is a vital UK airport that has faced its share of drone issues over the past few years. They have tried added security, geocaching, and signal jammers to redirect drone sightings.
This month, they face a new drone threat. This time, it is not some lone drone operator wanting a view of the planes flying around the area. Now, Heathrow faces protesters against climate change.
Signal and Signs
The airport recently apprehended two of these potential protesters, as they managed to fly their drones at the area to disrupt air traffic.
It is noteworthy that there currently is a 5-kilometer ban around airports in the UK. This is because of the increasing drone incidents plaguing the country. These drone sightings caused flight delays, reschedules, and relocations for landing planes. Yes, the risk of drones colliding with fully loaded passenger planes have been an issue for quite a while now.
Signal Jammers Utilized
With protesters threatening to shut down the airport using drones, the airport may have to send a message. Arrests have already been made, while more are expected to follow in following weeks. The protests for climate change started with the planned expansion of the airport in the nearby area.
The Airport itself has employed several police forces to watch over the area. To combat the drones utilized by protesters, signal jammers are now on the site to prevent controls of drones.
Penalties and Consequences
It is noteworthy that apprehended drone flyers in the 5-km ban region may face fines and even jail time for their actions. This is not even mentioning the risk of sending a plane full of passengers down into the ground with one direct hit from a drone.
Drones have caused damages to aircrafts in the past because of close encounters. While these may have been isolated, there is still a growing concern regarding drone ownership and the chaos it can bring to people around them. Hopefully, these signal jammers provide a peaceful tool in these demonstrations.